“No one is beyond reach”
From 12 to 14 November, the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) hosted the annual Child Sexual Exploitation Experts seminar at Europol, The Hague. The seminar was attended by about 190 representatives of Law Enforcement Authorities, Eurojust, Interpol, the European Commission, the private sector, NGOs and academia.
The first day was dedicated to operational police cooperation and victim identification. Experts from EU Member States, the United States (FBI, ICE), Australia, Canada, Norway,
Switzerland, Thailand, as well as representatives of Interpol, NCMEC and ICMEC, presented recent cases and current child victim identification programmes. Presentations were followed by workshops where enhancements of common efforts in the area of victim identification were discussed.
Cooperation among Law Enforcement, Hotlines, NGOs and the Private Sector was the topic of the second day, which was co-chaired by INHOPE (the International Association of Internet Hotlines).
The theme of the third day was “Transnational Child Sex Offenders”. Europol’s initiatives like Project Haven and Operation Raven were presented, as well as other undertakings in this area. The workshop on Recording (Child) Sex Offenders, Exchanging Information and Flagging took place in the second part of the day.
The seminar can be concluded by quoting two sentences coming from one of the case studies presented by CEOP (United Kingdom) - a suspect’s threatening message addressed to a victim of a sextortion, saying: “I lost my morality a long time ago”. The answer of the law enforcement agency after his arrest was: “No one is beyond reach”.
The Focal Point Twins team of the EC3 and other experts have been presented with awards by The Federal Bureau of Investigation, for a superb cooperation in the development of mutual efforts against crimes that pose dangers on an international scale.